GM ready to jolt Tesla with new Bolt

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Pull over, Tesla. The Chevrolet Bolt wants to pass. At least General Motors hopes that’s the case with its all-electric Bolt concept car debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Bolt, the sibling of the Chevrolet Volt, has a 200-mile range as a pure electric car, according to GM, and it ould be available to the public in 2017.

The Volt is “an extended-range electric,” meaning it also has a backup gas engine. The second-generation 2016 Volt will also be shown at the North American International Auto Show.

According to a report last week in the Wall Street Journal, the Bolt will be priced in the $30,000 to $35,000 range after incentives, including a $7,500 federal tax credit.

The Chevrolet Volt (above) has a news sibling, the Chevrolet Bolt concept.
The Chevrolet Volt (above) has a news sibling, the Chevrolet Bolt concept.

General Motors hopes the Bolt will provide strong direct competition for the Tesla 3. It’s the planned, lower-priced Tesla model. But it’s not expected to be available for at least two years.

The current Tesla Model S sedan has a beginning price of about $80,000.

The Bolt electric vehicle is larger than the Volt and shares its hatchback body style. Batteries from LG Chem would give the car a range of 200 miles on a single charge. The powertrain would be derived from the one in the tiny Chevrolet Spark EV sold in California and Oregon.

 

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